Routeburn Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Routeburn Track Fiordland National Park Reviews
Freedom Walking the Routeburn Track Feb 20, 2013
The views were stunning. The walk was a little bit challenging but if you're fit I think this wouldn't be an issue. I had to hike it with a problematic foot (I broke it a few months ago), but still did fine in terms of timeframe.
The preparations can be seen on my blog site
Jan 24 (Thursday) - Arrive in Queenstown and stay overnight @ a hostel
- leave an extra bag in hostel for prep upon arrival from trek.
Jan 25 (Friday) - Leave for Routeburn track
- starting point @ Routeburn Shelter
- arrive @ Routeburn Falls Hut for the night
info: 8.8 km / 4-5 hours max
Jan 26 (Saturday) - Hike for 11.3 km / 6-7 hours max
- arrive @ Lake Mackenie hut for the night
Jan 27 (Sunday) - early morning rise to hit the end mark of this conquest
- arrive @ The Divide for the bus back to town
info: 12 km / 5.5-6.5 hours max
Stay for the night on the 27th, @ Queenstown.
The Routeburn Shelter is near Glenorchy and 68 km from Queenstown. This marks the start of our journey.
The other is at The Divide Shelter (on the Milford Road, 85 km from Te Anau), where we end our trail.
For transport to and from Queenstown, we've got a few options.
but in terms of schedule, this one might suite better: http://www.infotrack.co.nz/routeburn-track-transport.html
1. aim is to leave Queenstown @ 8 am to be at the start by 9:15.
2. aim is to catch the 3:15 or 4:20 bus back to queenstown.
Total $123 or (maybe special package of $116)
Have fancy dinner @ Queenstown for the night, and rest for the night.
Tentative date to leave queenstown would be Jan 28 (Monday).
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Routeburn Track Dec 18, 2012
This three day spectacular multi day hike traverses both New Zealand’s South Islands Fiordland National Park and Mt Aspiring National Park taking in the beautiful Hollyford Valley. The hike is one of New Zealand's great walks and thus is very popular especially between the warmer months of November to March so you will need to book ahead if you are wanting to stay in the huts. Unlike the Milford Track; The Routeburn is accessible by road and does not require a boat and it can be walked in either direction and linked up with a couple of other hikes the Greenstone and Caples Tracks. Also you have the option of camping or staying in huts making it popular with budget travelers. The walk can be booked through New Zealand's Department of Conservation website:
You also have the option of guided walks with:
We found it easier to walk the track in the direction starting at the Divide and finishing at the Shelter, this direction seemed to present less uphill and more downhill. The only real uphill day is the walk out of Lake MacKenzie up to the saddle. It is pretty much flat or slightly undulating until another slight uphill to Harris Saddle.
The days are relatively short around 12 Kilometers making it a relatively easy to medium grade if you’re used to carrying a full pack for three days.
The huts are pretty well kitted out all you really need to carry is changes of clothes, wet weather gear, sleeping bag and pillow, pots and food for three days. Bunk rooms are supplied with thick mattresses and kitchens supplied with gas stoves.
The cost of the track for independent walkers staying in the huts is $54 per person a total of $108 for two nights.
Camping is much cheaper; campers are not allowed to use the hut facilities.
The weather can be notoriously changeable so wet weather gear and gaiters are essential. We found that the sandflies are not such a nuisance on this track as they are on the Milford and other tracks.
Tracknet will drop you off and pick you up at either end of the track. Car transfer companies are available for those who have their own transport.
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